Anita Rao

Anita Rao is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show that features the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina. She fell in love with interviewing and storytelling as a Women's Studies and International Studies major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began her radio career at WUNC as an intern for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. From 2011 - 2014, she worked for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps Production department, where she pitched, edited and produced conversations from across the nation--from Chicago, IL to Pineville, North Carolina.  

Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest. She loves excessively-long dinner parties and hopes to one day live up to her mom's nickname, "Sheila, The Chocolate Eater."


NPR Story
12:08 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Bringing "Hip-Hop Diplomacy" To NC

FTR, a beatmaker from Zimbabwe, teaching beatmaking to a young student in DC. He is one of six musicians
Mark Katz

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:00 pm

Six international artists in North Carolina this week demonstrate that international diplomacy can come in many different forms. While many may imagine diplomats wearing business suits and sitting in conference rooms, these artists paint a drastically different picture.

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12:24 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Meet The Woman Behind A New Understanding Of Eating Disorders

Cynthia Bulik is a world expert in eating disorders but also a lover of culture, languages and ice skating. Here she is competing at the 2012 Adult National Figure Skating Championships with David Tsai in Chicago where they won third place.
Cynthia Bulik

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 11:13 am

Cynthia Bulik grew up as a lover of international language and culture. She was the first in her family to leave the dry cleaning business and go to college, and she was determined to study diplomacy and international relations. But when she was required to take a psychology class her freshman year at The University of Notre Dame, it changed the course of her life.

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12:20 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

The Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter

Alicia Garza is the co-creator of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:53 pm

Alicia Garza first wrote the phrase “black lives matter” on Facebook as a note to her friends and followers the day George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

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12:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Religion And Public Education

Katherine Stewart's book investigates a Bible study club with chapters in thousands of U.S. schools.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 11:19 am

In 2009, journalist Katherine Stewart heard that something called The Good News Club was coming to her daughter’s public elementary school in Santa Barbara, California.

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NPR Story
3:20 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Human Stories From The Heart of Coal Country

The new documentary Overburden documents a community devastated by the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in 2010.
Chad Stevens

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 5:26 pm

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12:11 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

UNC-Chapel Hill Honors 100-Year-Old Request For Living Time Capsule

Battle Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus memorializes Kemp P. Battle who served as president of the university from 1876 to 1891. His request for a living time capsule is being honored by the history department next week.
UNC-Chapel Hill Library

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 4:32 pm

In 1915, former UNC President Kemp Plummer Battle sent a sealed box to the North Carolina Historical Society that contained two items: a letter and a Montgomery Ward catalog.

He wanted these objects to serve as an impetus for reflection on the past at two distinct points in the future—1965 and 2015. In 1965, Chancellor Robert B. House honored the request with an essay detailing major changes he had witnessed in the past 50 years. But this year, the UNC-Chapel Hill History Department is taking a more playful approach. They have asked four faculty members from distinct backgrounds to reflect on changes in American society from their perspective—from a look at leisure in America to an examination of modern-day advertising.  

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12:31 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Young Writers Merge Fact And Fiction In New Novel

The John Hope Franklin Young Scholars worked together to write and published a novel about a Durham teenager.
David Stein

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 10:39 am

More than 30 Durham Public School students recently published a novel that combines fact, fiction and illustration.

“Running For Hope” (John Hope Young Franklin Scholars Program/ 2015) is a creative attempt to explore the life story and impact of historian John Hope Franklin while documenting the modern-day challenges of growing up as a teenager living in a diverse community. It interweaves the fictional story of 9th grader Kendrick Parker with illustrated scenes from Mirror to America, an autobiography by John Hope Franklin. 

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12:19 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

North Carolina Writers Reflect On State In New Nonfiction Collection

North Carolina writers share how their state inspires them in "Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers."

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 4:16 pm

From Thomas Wolfe to Lee Smith, the state of North Carolina is home to a wealth of literary greats.

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12:04 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Native Appropriations And New Media

Adrienne Keene is the Cherokee writer behind Native Appropriations.

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 4:39 pm

Washington's NFL team made headlines last year but not because of their record.

The name, offensive to many, became the subject of public debate. Native communities used social media to make their voices heard on the mascot debate and other important issues.

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12:00 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

From Hot To Salty, Smoky And Sweet, What Our State’s Flavors Say About Who We Are

Nam, a dish of sour pork sausage, rice, and deep-fried crunch sticky rice is one of the more traditional Lao dishes available at Asian Fusion Kitchen in Morganton. Laotian food in NC is one of many topics to be discussed at "The State of The Plate."
Katy Clune

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:19 am

Hot, salty/smoky, sour/bitter, sweet, savory, and sharp: a flavor profile can evoke a particular style of food, and in turn, food can give insight to a community’s public health, history and policies. This week, students, faculty, entrepreneurs and community members at UNC-Chapel Hill gather to explore the history, politics and culture of North Carolina food using the six flavor profiles as a guide.

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